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The War of 1812 Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The War of 1812, by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 2.83 (396 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Rogers Hummel Narrator: George C. Scott Publisher: Knowledge Products Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The United States at War Release Date:
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The United States emerged from the American Revolution still engaged in old world politics. In particular, America faced all the trade restrictions of the British Navigation Acts. As a result, the United States declared war on Great Britain in 1812, and proceeded to invade Canada, one of Britain’s possessions—an invasion which failed. At a cost of $80 million in national debt and of a single party assuming almost unchallenged power, the War of 1812 has been called “America’s most unpopular war.” America, born from a commitment to liberty and equality, seemed to betray its heritage for the sake of control.

The United States at War series is a collection of audio presentations that review the political, economic, and social forces that have erupted in military conflict, and examine how that conflict resolved, or failed to resolve, the forces that caused it.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Ben | 2/15/2014

    " A great read. It is fast paced and focused. I identified the reasons, the players the battles, and the outcomes. It is a great book that covers the war of 1812. If you wish to learn about this era of American history, this is your book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Brett | 1/30/2014

    " "In the spring of 1812, before war was declared John C. Calhoun of South Carolina wrote to his cousin, Patrick Noble, asserting that the coming war 'will be a favorite one with the country. Much honor awaits those who may distinguish themselves.' Calhoun was certainly wrong on the first point, but there was much truth in the second." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Jeff Klosterman | 1/24/2014

    " Excellent review of a war best remembered for producing the National Anthem. Well written organized and documented. Entertaining and educational. 4 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Scot Marvin | 1/21/2014

    " Nice little slice of history. Helpful for filling in my many gaps in understanding. A little bit of nautical warfare, ground warfare, and politics all mixed in. Plus, a touch of Waterloo to boot. "

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About the Author

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel is the author of Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War. He teaches economics and history at San José State University. Before joining the SJSU economics faculty, he lectured as an adjunct at Golden Gate University and Santa Clara University. Hummel served as a tank platoon leader in the US Army during the early seventies; was publications director for the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, in the late eighties; and was a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution for the 2001/02 academic year.

About the Narrator

George C. Scott (1927–1999), narrator of the United States at War series, was an award-winning American stage and film actor, director, and producer and an ardent student of history.